Fast fashion retailer SHEIN is taking its first steps toward getting its ESG act together with plans to reduce carbon emissions by 25% in the next eight years.
The efforts follow years of criticism surrounding the company’s enormous carbon footprint. Last year alone, the company contributed 6.3 million tons of carbon dioxide emissions, significantly higher than its competitors.
“Today we’re taking a significant step forward, announcing a new set of 2030 goals that will help us accomplish emissions reduction targets for our entire supply chain over the next seven years,” said Adam Whinston, global head of ESG at SHEIN.
To meet its goal, the company has partnered with Apparel Impact Institute to reduce its Scope 3 emissions by requiring its suppliers to utilize renewable energy sources and implementing carbon reduction plans, Retail Dive reported. The company’s suppliers account for nearly 99% of its annual emissions.
As part of the partnership, the Apparel Impact Institute will develop energy-saving programs to reduce emissions by approximately 10% across 500 SHEIN partner facilities. These programs will focus on implementing strategies such as cooling and process water reuse, improving boiler efficiency, recovering heat from wastewater, and metering and data management.
Additionally, the company will accelerate the incorporation of recycled materials into its products with the goal of using up to 31% recycled polyester by 2030.